Love Island star Montana Brown has written a poem about her late friend and fellow islander Mike Thalassitis.
Mike, 26, died by suicide earlier this year.
Montana explained that the poem, which will appear in a book about mental health, was a way of helping her cope with the loss of her friend after revealing people had shamed her speaking about him.
She explained on Instagram: ‘I feel so honoured to have been asked to write (yes I can write despite people thinking if you went on Love Island you don’t have a brain😂) about my experience of mental health and specifically about Mike. I chose to write a poem as I found that the easiest way to write about how I feel and I can’t wait to share it with you all.
‘I feel completely honoured to not only contribute to such an incredible book, but also to talk about Mike as well.’
Montana went on: ‘People made me feel really bad about talking about him publicly, accusing me of using his death for my own good, and it really made me sad. But tbh I don’t care about that anymore, the point is people are hurting silently, and Mike was hurting silently for a while and nobody saw the signs because he didn’t reach out.
‘So let’s all speak up about mental health, and hopefully all these amazing inspirational contributors can show you it’s ok to speak about your experiences too.’
The book, It’s Not OK to Feel Blue and Other Lies put together by Scarlett Curtis, comes out 3 October.
Other contributors to the book include Fearne Cotton, Davina McCall, Kelechi Okafor, Scarlett Moffat and Sam Smith.
At the time Mike’s death was announced, Montana admitted she was ‘angry’ at the reality TV star ‘becausew you are so loved by so so many people’.
‘I can’t imagine how much pain you must have been in to do this, and the fact that you went through this on your own breaks my heart. I’m so so sorry I couldn’t do more to help you,’ she concluded her emotional message on social media.
‘I have so much love for you Mike and I will never forget you. Sleep tight darling and I miss you so much already.’
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